In the mean-spirited lead-up to Deontay Wilder, the heavyweight world titleholder, and Dominic Breazeale, Wilder spent loads of time discussing how much he wanted to hurt Breazeale. Wilder even emphasized that he could kill his opponents while in the ring, stating a couple of days before the fight on Saturday that boxing is considered the only sport where you can kill your opponent and get paid for it too.
Although Wilder wasn’t able to cause this kind of damage in the ring on Saturday, he did manage to destroy Breazeale with a gigantic right hand for a stunning first-round knockout win in front of a crowd consisting of more than 13,000 people in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center.
Deontay Wilder Retains Title
Wilder, considered one of the most potent punchers in the history of the sport, managed to retain his world title for the 9th time and delivered one of the most phenomenal knockouts in his career. The fight will be considered for the knockout of the year award at the end of 2019.
Wilder stated after the match that everything poured out of him during the bout against Breazeale and that the build-up to this fight was incredible. There was loads of animosity and loads of words that were stated to each other, and all of it came out of Wilder that evening, which is why boxing is so fantastic to watch.
When Wilder retained his 9th consecutive title after defeating Breazeale, he managed to tie with Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson, Joe Frazier, and Muhammed Ali on the all-time heavyweight list. The record for any division is currently 25 set by Joe Louis. The list of heavyweights that are still ahead of Wilder at the moment includes Muhammed Ali during his second reign, Tommy Burns with 11, Vitali Klitschko with 11, Wladimir Klitschko with 18, and Larry Holmes with 20.
The fight against Breazeale started with a massive bang, and it quickly ended after that. A mighty right hand from Wilder hurt Breazeale early on in the first round and the second right hand from Wilder placed Breazeale on the ground with 50 seconds remaining on the clock. Breazeale managed to shake his head with a smile, giving the impression that the hook didn’t hurt, but it was quite clear that it did. Wilder was all over Breazeale and landed heavy punches.
Breazeale Short Fight
Breazeale managed to create a short-lived rally against Wilder where he landed a few punches with his right hand. He landed two punches from a total of 10 attempts during the match, one of them knocking Wilder off balance. However, Wilder wasn’t affected by this punch and continued to swing. After Breazeale got his punches in, Wilder decided to unleash the beast and give Breazeale an unforgettable right-hand hook that sent him to the ground. Wilder managed to connect a total of 9 shots from 35 attempts before Breazeale went down.